This is an honest review. I was gifted these boots from River Island.
I was recently contacted by someone fromRiver Island to check out their products. I had never shopped there before because they used to only carry straight sizes and I am plus sized. A while ago the British retailer introduced plus sizes to their product line. They come in sizes 14-24, and are actually really cute. That isn’t much of a surprise considering how fashionable the straight size line is. Continue Reading
H&M has an affordable Birkenstock alternative for you to try this summer for only $24.95. This slip-on sandal has two imitation leather straps that criss-cross over the foot, what seems to be a cork foot base, and then a rubber sole. If you really want to try the Birkenstock look without the price, this shoe is it. This is the cheapest version I have seen this season. Check it out at H&M.
Steve Madden’s Boundree sandal gives you Birkenstock for less…literally. Every designer has come out with their take on the Birkenstock sandal. Celine’s is the most famous take on the classic sandal to date. I love Birkenstocks. I know a lot of people think they are ugly, but I wore them quite often in high school.
As plus-size women, we struggle with a lot of ill-fitting clothing and accessories. Not to mention the struggle of finding wide calf boots during the fall and winter months. I am writing this post with compassion, because I too am affected by this problem. With boots being a fall fashion must-have, it is kind of hard to be without them. Below. I have written a few tips that will help you find wide calf boots as well as the best places to find these boots within your specific price range.
How to Find Wide-Calf Boots:
When looking for boots that fit for wider calves, look for elastic material that is embedded in the shoe’s material. The elastic makes the boot fit perfectly around your calf. However, if you do not like elastic material, some stores and/or online retailers, like Payless, carry boots that are made specifically for wide calves. Payless, for example, labels the shoes “Extended Calf Wide” and they go up to a size 13 online! If you want to learn more about how to choose the correct calf size when shopping online, click here.
Early last week, after I came back from my trip, I was able to meet with Hannah Davis (founder and president of Bangs Shoes). It was so nice to talk with someone my age who is actively making a difference in the world. I was tickled pink to know that we are from the same hometown and went to school in the same school district. It really is a small world.
During my time with Hannah, she told me about her mission and her company. The name “Bangs” in Bangs Shoes comes from her time in China. If you know anything about the Chinese language, then you know that the Chinese character for “help” is phonetically spelled out as “BANG”. She also talked about how the plain green military shoes that everyone was wearing in her area of China caught her eye. Soon she realized that there was something about these shoes that people liked. Her Bangs Shoes journey started there.
I know everybody, including myself, has jumped on the cool shoe meets charity train, but Bangs Shoes are different. Instead of all the shoes going to one specific cause, each shoe color represents a different cause. The shoes come in either a high top or a low top, and each shoe has a specific symbol on it that represents each charity or cause. Twenty percent of the proceeds from each shoe sale goes to that charity. The high tops are $60 and the low tops are $55.
If you want to buy or try on her shoes in the Midlands, you can go to Good for the Sole in Five Points or Half Moon Outfitters on Devine Street. If you live elsewhere or are just really curious, you can check out her super sweet Bangs Shoes website. Hannah was nice enough to give me a pair of shoes to try. I picked the white high tops that invest in financial empowerment through Kiva.org. Even though I wear a size ten she told me to pick the 9.5. If you have wide feet, I suggest you try a size up. Watch my Instagram for a pic of me wearing my shoes. I am thinking of taking them on my next trip this weekend!
A few days ago I received four free pairs of Silver Linings by Chu Shu New York odor absorbing shoe liners. The company claims that by “Harnessing the power of silver, SILVER LININGS help keep feet fresh and odor-free while also preserving shoe interiors.” To be quite honest with you, I was a little weary of putting some silver shoe pads in my shoe. I didn’t know if they would really work, or if they were some kind of gimmick.
Luckily for me, I tried them out on a hot, humid day. I was happy that the Silver Linings liners were thin, because I already have to wear shoe pads in my shoes for arch and heel support. The thinness allowed me to wear them without feeling uncomfortable. Actually they made the balls of my feet more comfortable since most of my shoe pads stop before the ball of my foot. The fabric on the Silver Linings by Chu Shu New York shoe liners was soft and velvety. My foot was sweating in my shoe, but the shoe didn’t smell after I took them off, so it seems like they do work after all. You can get a 5-pack of these shoe liners with antimicrobial silver-based technology for $19, but I have two pairs Silver Linings by Chu Shu New York shoe liners. The contest is only for my Instagram followers, so go check out the contest there!
Don’t forget to enter in the giveaway I’m doing at Ladies in Navy for the $25 Target gift card!
The New Balance Classics W574 from Zappos.com are great for working out, running, and walking. What you might not know is that people are wearing brightly colored and retro style sneakers with dresses, skirts, and dress pants now. The look is still chic and sophisticated, but the sneaker adds a bit of pop and fun to the look. Check out these street style stars and their sneakers. The New Balance Classics W574 is the perfect shoe to try this trend. It usually costs $67.95, but now it is on sale at Zappos.com for $54.99. Get you a piece of this shoes. There are a ton of colors to choose from. [SOURCE][SOURCE]
Yesterday I finally got a chance to go to the newest shoe boutique in town – Gwen Rawls. Most of the items in the store are not sold anywhere else in this state. Gwen Rawls only sells Italian designers, whom you may or may not be familiar with. The one designer you may be most familiar with is Roberto Cavalli.
If you have wide feet it can be difficult to find on-trend shoes that fit. Looking at beautiful shoes can be so disheartening when you know they’ll be too tight. But with so many retailers to choose from, comfortable, stylish shoes are becoming easier to find.
Yet still so many of us wear ill-fitting shoes and not just those of us with wide feet. Recent studies proved this as 8/10 women asked own 9 pairs of shoes they’ve worn once, twice or not at all. Now that’s a lot of shoes! To ease the pain of wearing ill-fitting shoes it’s a good idea to measure your feet prior to buying. With the likes of DUO offering shoes in a range of widths, from narrow to wide, it is possible to find the perfect pair. Grab a tape measure and check out this guide to measuring your feet correctly… Continue Reading
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the 3Jay Style Exhibition. I say “pleasure” because last year I wasn’t too pleased with the event, but this year…..MAHJAH improvements were made. Continue Reading
The Hills and The City alum Whitney Port will show at New York Fashion Week again this February. The line, Whitney Eve, which started in 2008 has always either bored the critics, or wowed them for looking like something Whitney Port would wear herself. “My collection has grown so much over the past few years, and the next step for me as a designer was to put on my own runway show,” Port said. I wonder if she will wow or bore the critics this time too. The show will be produced by Port’s old company People’s Revolution. Photo from here. Continue Reading
Yesterday I went to the grand opening of the brand new Versona Accessories store at the Village of Sandhill shopping center in Columbia, South Carolina. I wasn’t too familiar with this store. All I knew about it was that a friend had visited one in Charlotte, NC and loved it. She practically raved about it, so when a PR rep for the company invited me to the store I had to sneak a peek.
I am still on a mini blog hiatus. But while I have a little bit of time to post something, I thought it would be great to post this picture of a model’s foot at the end of fashion week. It is no secret that models take all sorts of beatings during fashion week from crazy hair and makeup to crazy clothes and shoes. This picture shows just how cray cray their feet look at the end of the long month.
When I was in New York for fashion week, I attended the Keo fashion show. While there I met Mallory Musante, designer of Mallory Musante shoes. Musante provided the shoes for the fashion show, and they were hot. I was really excited to meet her because I had seen her works of art on Twitter.
Works of art? Huh? Yes…works of art. Mallory Musante sells hand painted genuine leather shoes. The shoes, painted in non-chip acrylic paint, come in bold, bright colors and funky designs. You can have your pick of hand painted kitten heels, platforms, one of a kind limited edition shoes, and bridal shoes. The bridal shoes come in pretty pastel colors, and would be perfect for Easter or the summer. Her sample sale is going on now, so get some one of a kind shoes today. I guarantee nobody will have your shoes. Shop now at Mallory Musante Shoes.
Milan Fashion Week has come to an end and Paris Fashion Week is on day two. I am behind in shows due all kinds of craziness, but I wanted to bring you the last little bit of Milan Fashion Week, so you four shows that really made an impact on me during the last few days. Photos from Style.com.
Moschino Cheap & Chic was very beautiful and colorful. I am really getting into shorts and bold prints for spring, but the midi-length skirt really caught my eye too. This is something I probably wouldn’t wear too much of, but I like the way it was presented in this collection. I think it changed my mind.
Missoni was inspired by different cultures, and I think that was obvious. The clothes looked like a mix of prints from all over the world Missoni style. The bright colors are perfect for spring, and the wide hats are perfect for shielding you from the summer sun.
Dsquared² was a perfect mix of feminine and masculine. The pants, tuxedos, and dresses really looked great without making the woman look too androgynous. I am noticing a lot of hats in the Milan shows this season. These fedoras match the oxfords that the models wore. Speaking of which, wasn’t it refreshing to see some shoes from the Dsquared boys that didn’t look like you would break a hip in them?
Jil Sander was by my favorite show of Milan Fashion Week Spring 2011. Apparently a lot of other people liked the show as well. The colors and stripes, mixed with the prints and silhouettes made for a perfect collection. I used to wear t-shirts with long skirts a few years ago. I think I am going to break that look back out again.
For this Versus SS11 collection I played with combining floral, tartan stripe prints from the Versus archive, to achieve twisted and drape mesh dresses. The colour palette is very bright and optimistic (yellow, green, purple, orange, red and blue). I have worked printed mesh into longer, leaner dresses, and knitwear for a more casual sporty/grungy approach. The core of the collection is multi drape stretch mesh dresses using layers of printed mesh. Short comes in multicoloured pop dresses. Shoes and bags feature print and brogue details.
Not like smoker’s lips, but black lipstick. I have been seeing it done around the blogosphere, and I think it is about time I tried it out. I am going to go to the store, buy some and come back with my findings. Meanwhile…do you think this is something you would wear or have you tried it? I want to know what my readers think about this lipstick.
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A few weeks ago I was offered a chance to review some Ugg-like boots by a company called Whooga. Whooga is an Australian company that uses Australian Merino fleece. The boots are made and shipped from China. They did give me a free pair of boots, but as you all know, that doesn’t affect my review.
I love my boots. Unlike my other UGG Australia boots that I own, I don’t have to go up a size because the Whooga boots fit tight on my feet and are true to size. The Merino fleece is so soft and warm. Just like Uggs, these boots keep your feet warm even when the temperature hits 30 below. The shoes look just like my Ugg boots, except they have a Whooga tag on the back.
The only problem I had with them was the fact that the box had been a little bent up from shipping. When I opened my box, the shoes were a little rumpled. Whooga sent the shoes with stuffing and cardboard in them, so that helped a lot. Once I took the boots out of the box and let them stand on their own, they fluffed out. Now they look great.
Whooga boots come in all different sizes, heights, textures, and colors for kids and adults.
Would I recommend this company as an Ugg alternative…Yes!
In the past two months, I have been to two local fashions shows. The one in June was produced by UK Models and the one I went to this weekend was held by FFS. It was called the 2nd Annual A GLAM AFFAIR Fashion Show. The June UK show featured some local emerging designers like SC Exotic Creations by Shefeka Carter. The FFS show was a blast from the past with clothes representing different decades and a set of vendors like Tweedlebeads Jewelry, Imagine This accessories store, makeup from Avon and Mary Kay, and a slew of others.